Social Protection and State–Society Relations in Environments of Low and Uneven State Capacity

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 05/24/2021 - 16:56

Grounded in social-contractual ideas about relationships between the governed and those who govern, the provision of social benefits to citizens has historically been predicated on expectations of acquiescence to state authority. However, the rapid expansion of noncontributory social assistance in sub-Saharan Africa, often supported by global donors through technical assistance programs, raises myriad questions about the relationship between social protection and the social contract in fragile and low-capacity contexts.

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